ANZPT Adelaide: Day 1C, level 3 (blinds 100-200)
3.45pm: Points race off and running
It's never easy to live in the shadow of a more famous sibling, and no-one knows that better than PokerStars.net Team Australia Pro Tony Hachem. The younger brother of PokerStars.net Team PRO Joe Hachem was already a regular player before the 2005 WSOP Main Event.
But since Joe's victory, Tony has kept his nose to the grindstone and carved out a niche in the poker world. His hard work culminated last year with cashes in the first four ANZPT events of 2009, which helped him amass enough points to win the ANZPT Player of the Year title.
The ANZPT points leaderboard returns in 2010 with approximately AUD $90,000 in prizes being awarded to the three players who achieve the highest points at all events during ANZPT season two in accordance with the ANZPT overall points program.
The overall points champion will win a PokerStars.net sponsorship to four APPT events and either the Aussie Millions Main Event or the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) Main Event! The prize is valued at approximately AUD $55,000.
The runner-up wins sponsorship (Main Event entry, accommodation and return economy airfare from Australia/New Zealand to five season three ANZPT events. This prize is valued at approximately AUD $25,000.
The third place player will be entitled to receive a combination of Main Event entries and packages (including Main event entry, accommodation and return economy airfare) as determined by PokerStars.net in respect of APPT, ANZPT and other 2011 Main Events sponsored by PokerStars.net in the Asia Pacific region up to a value of AUD $10,000.
3.30pm: Deuce drives stake through Chaloub's boat
Sometimes, you have those moments in poker where it just doesn't seem fair. Australian PokerStars Qualifier Brett Chaloub had one of those moments after Ali Ghezelbash caught lightning in a bottle.
Ghezelbash led out for 2000 into a flop that read 2♦ 2♣ 2♠ before Chaloub raised to 4000. Ghezelbash moved all-in for 5300 in total, Chaloub snap-called and tabled 7♥ 7♣ for a flopped full house against Ghezelbash's A♥ K♣.
The dealer burned, and then turned up the case 2♥, sending the rest of the table into hysterics! Ghezelbash took the lead with quad twos with the ace kicker, which held up when the river bricked out with the 3♦.
3.15pm: Carbone carving 'em up
We're not normally reporting so much action inside the first two hours of play, but the bustouts keep coming - Australia's Ali Khalil just hit the rail after being busted by Michel Anunu when he committed his money on a board that read 9-9-5-2 with 9-7, only to run into the full house of Anunu who showed pocket twos.
Then in a bizarre hand on table six, Kelvin Beattie, Lorenzo Carbone and an excitable Michael Haddad were involved three-ways into a flop that read [10c] 8♦ 3♦. Carbone led out for 500, Haddad raised to 2500. Beattie folded before Carbone made it another 6000 to go. "Let's go," boasted Haddad, moving all in over the top for around 25,000 in chips.
Carbone went into the tank for about two minutes before he made a crying call, showing J♠ J♥ but found himself well ahead of Haddad's K♦ 7♦ for the flush draw.
"Don't let me down," Haddad bellowed to the dealer. The turn A♠ was no help, as was the river 4♣. Haddad was crushed, propelling Carbone's stack up to more than 80,000 in chips - with only two levels complete!
• Compiled by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall